Item description for Kamachatka: A Journal & Guide to Russia's Land of Ice and Fire (Odyssey Illustrated Guides) by Diana Gleadhill...
Volcanoes, vodka and 'vildlife' in Russia's Far East. Why go to Kamchatka? There are no luxury hotels or international spas; no jolly pubs or swanky wine bars and even if there were glamourous beach resorts there are almost no roads to get to them. Although there is a plethora of fish, nowhere can you find it more wonderfully cooked than on a Kamchatkan campfire! This extraordinary country is not for the faint-hearted.
But it has some of the most stunning and dramatic volcanic scenery in the world and an inordinate amount of wildlife. To sit on a berry-covered hill and watch reindeer floating down a valley against a backdrop of volcanoes, to go fly-fishing on the Paratunka River or sit in a boat on Lake Kurilskoye and discover a brown bear only yards away; to climb an active volcano and peer down into the depths of its crater are all privileges not afforded to many. Gleadhill's diary account of two Irish ladies "d'un Certain Age" in Russia's Far East draws us into this magnificent landscape.
Includes features on:
Volcanoes, vodka and 'vildlife' in Russia's Far East
Historical background to Kamchatka, its early explorers and indigenous peoples
World Heritage site
Geography and geology
Birds, bears and big horn sheep
Economy, environment and the future
Flora and fauna
Sport fishing and other adventure activities
Where to stay
How to get there
135 photographs and 10 maps.
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Studio: Airphoto International Ltd.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 17, 2007
ISBN 9622177808 ISBN13 9789622177802
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More About Diana Gleadhill
Diana Gleadhill worked as a professional librarian before becoming a graphic artist. Her leisure time is spent reading, gardening, sailing on Strangford Lough, and year-round walking in the Mourne Mountains with her life-long friend, Elise Coburn. Her natural curiosity and sense of adventure has taken her to such diverse destinations as Central Asia, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, South America and the Kamchatka Peninsula. She lives in County Down, Ireland.
Reviews - What do customers think about Kamachatka: A Journal & Guide to Russia's Land of Ice and Fire (Odyssey Illustrated Guides)?
A very good read about Kamchatka Mar 26, 2009
An interesting story about two Irish ladies traveling around Kamchatka. The book is written in a style that made you feel as a part of the journey they took. I also liked the fact that in between the chapters about the travel there where chapters that dealt with the history, culture and other peoples travels there centuries ago. If you want information about Kamchatka I think this is currently the book to get.
Two Irish Ladies on a Visit Mar 1, 2009
An entertaining read but not very deep. If you need a book on Kamchatka this may be the only game in town.
Fantastic Jul 16, 2008
Anyone trying to research or travel to Kamchatka has probably found the same problem as me; very little literature exhists. This book includes a travel journal combined with historical accounts and sections written by people that live there. It is well researched and includes a lot of information about flora and fauna as well as the indigenous peoples.